Def Jam Recordings Drops Kanye West

25 October 2022 | 1:17 pm | Mary Varvaris

The record label isn't the first to separate from West.

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Ye - the artist formerly known as Kanye West - has come under fire in recent weeks following a string of offensive choices. 

While Ye's contract with Def Jam Recordings concluded in 2021, after the release of Donda, it turns out he's upset Def Jam so much that his own label, G.O.O.D. Music is no longer affiliated with the company. It's unclear if the label dropped Ye due to recent remarks; a representative declined to comment. 

A representative of the Creative Artists Agency has told The New York Times that Ye is no longer represented by the company, one of the biggest booking agencies in the world. The pain doesn't end there - MRC, a film and television studio, announced that it was shelving a completed documentary about Ye following his antisemitic outbursts. 

Two weeks ago, Ye was locked out of Facebook and Instagram after spouting anti-semitic rhetoric.  

Following his suspension on Instagram, West took to Twitter to continue his anti-semitic agenda, tweeting: "I'm a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I'm going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE. The funny thing is I actually can't be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda." 

The tweet has since been removed for violating Twitter's rules and guidelines, and West's account was briefly suspended, notes The Hollywood Reporter

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As reported by The Los Angeles Times, Ye's anti-semitic comments drew a well-known hate group to a Los Angeles freeway over the weekend; the group "gave Nazi salutes as they stood behind a large banner that read, 'Kanye is right about the Jews.'" 

Earlier this month, Ye was wearing a "White Lives Matter" long-sleeved shirt at his Yeezy Season 9 fashion show, where he later proclaimed himself "the leader". American conservative pundit Candace Owens wore a matching shirt while models wore it on the runway. 

Not his first run in controversial fashion decisions, Ye infamously wore the "Make America Great Again" cap while Donald Trump was President of the United States. In 2013, he confused and upset fans with the Confederate flag, which emblazoned his Yeezus tour merchandise.